This is going to be a “real” post. I’m going to talk about some things that are not exactly popular to talk about. It’s not normally seen as a “cheery” topic.
You are going to die someday.
There is no changing this fact. You can do all the right things, eat right, exercise, go to church, be nice to pigeons. It won’t matter, you will die.
“Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass.” Job 14:5
Here’s why I’m talking about death today. In a week, two people in my life passed away. I have assurance that both of them are in heaven right now. Both lived lives to the glory of God and placed saving faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to save them from their sins and go to heaven. Both lived beautiful lives and both left an amazing legacy behind. One was my grandfather who lived 93 amazing years and left a legacy of love for Christ behind him. The other was an amazing woman in her 30’s who fought cancer (and won I might add), who chose the life of her son over aggressive chemotherapy. Her story is truly amazing and I highly recommend you check it out (this is an article with info about her story and videos and other things that share her story).
I am grateful to have lived a life where I know my days are numbered. Starting at the age of 15, I went to funerals almost every year for about 5 years. Funerals of 21 year olds, 18 year olds, 30 year olds. I have had a very clear view of death for a long time. Honestly, after all of that death, I didn’t think I’d make it to 21. I am grateful for every day I have been blessed with and I try to make every day count and not hold things back or in.
Here’s what I know. Death is not scary if you have faith in Christ. If you believe that man is desperately wicked and sinful, that God made a way to be in right standing with Him by sending His perfect son to earth to live a perfect life and die a perfect death, taking on the sins of the world, for all time, that He rose again to defeat death and sin, that He is the only way to be saved, then you have no reason for fear of death.
Bret and I regularly say, “well, it’s been real. I love ya.” Almost daily, we recognize that God holds the days of our lives in His hands. That He is wise in when we will go home to be with Him.
I pray that you have no fear of death. I pray that you can find strength and joy if you are walking through the death of a loved one. If you are aching. Seek comfort in God. And remember, death has been defeated, so we can say:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54b-55
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